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Man who fatally shot Phoenix teen to gain gang acceptance is sentenced to 25 years in prison

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PHOENIX — A man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a Phoenix teenager in 2012 in order to gain gang acceptance has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 20-year-old Terrell Denton also was sentenced Friday to four years of intensive probation.

Denton pleaded guilty last month to second-degree murder and misconduct involving weapons.

Phoenix police say Dewight Westbrook was walking with friends to a fast-food restaurant on July 9, 2012.

Prosecutor say Denton was armed with a handgun and approached Westbrook from behind near a vacant field and began firing.

Police homicide investigators working on the case were eventually able to identify Denton as the shooter.

They say Denton allegedly wanted to demonstrate his willingness to commit crime in order to become a gang member.

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